This interview with members of the Brown University class of 1990 summarizes the undergraduate experiences of Ashley E. Bruce, Elizabeth Bern, Chi Hyun Julianne Lee, Amy B. Levin, and Emily Sara Widmann, at their 25th reunion.
The interviewees begin by introducing themselves, stating their major, and sharing personal and profession background information about their lives after graduating from Brown. They go on to describe what drew them to Brown, what their expectations were, and whether they felt academically and socially prepared. Throughout the interview, the alumnae praise the open curriculum, which does not include course requirements, and explain the various ways it impacted their experiences at Brown and their adult lives.
A significant portion of the interview contains conversations about social life on campus. The interviewees recall having roommates for the first time, attending parties, and conducting thoughtful dialogs with friends. They mention the most prevalent issues on campus being Brown’s divestment from South Africa because of Apartheid, sexual assault on campus, AIDS awareness, and the call for need-blind admissions – the practice of accepting students based on their academic ability and not their ability to pay tuition.
Pembroke Hall, Brown University